Former McAllen officer arrested on extortion charges

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A former McAllen officer has been arrested for his alleged role in an extortion conspiracy, according to federal court records.

Ricardo Ruiz, a former McAllen Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration officer, is accused of lying to the government about his alleged involvement in an extortion scheme in which he falsely identified himself as an agent to recover a 2013 Cadillac ATS, according to a superseding indictment unsealed in the U.S. Southern District of Texas on Friday.

The indictment alleges that Ruiz and Juan Alberto Gonzalez-Valdez were employed by Fabian Jesus Muñoz to recover said Cadillac for an unnamed person claiming that the vehicle belonged to him. The car in question was possessed by a San Juan resident referred to as “S.R.”

According to the indictment obtained by CBS 4 News:

“On or about May 5, 2017, in an effort to obtain the vehicle, RUIZ approached S.R.’s residence wearing clothing with the word ‘police’ on it and displaying a holstered firearm and a badge, and advised S.R. that RUIZ was a police officer and that Gonzalez needed to obtain the 2013 Cadillac ATS.”

At the time of the alleged incident, however, Ruiz was no longer a DEA officer, according to the indictment against him. His nearly three-year career with the federal agency ended on April 11, 2017.

On July 26, 2017, Ruiz denied both his involvement in the extortion conspiracy and the allegation that he identified himself as a DEA agent during said alleged conspiracy.

Ruiz was a police officer for the McAllen Police Department up until July 27, 2017— a day after he’s accused of lying to the government, according to the indictment.

Ruiz is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court on Monday.

To read the full indictment, click here.

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